Notice: Construction is ongoing in Riverfront Park and may impact some bicycle and pedestrian routes. Before you visit, please see the latest construction map for the best routes around redevelopment zones. Some attractions are currently unavailable due to redevelopment.

Regional Playground

Great Floods Play Area Concept

One of the top three new attractions requested by the public is a destination playground. Current concepts that are being explored include the development of a large 1 to 1.5 acre playground as an outdoor learning and play experience that tells the story of how the Ice Age Floods shaped our region.

Because of the dynamic nature of the Ice Age Floods and the rich imagery of its components, its story can be transformed into an exciting play environment that also offers rich, multi-dimensional learning opportunities. It aims to provide a completely interactive and fun way for children, families and interested people to learn about our region's unique geologic history.

Design

Through a request for qualifications, and in competition with other excellent firms, local landscape architects from Bernardo Wills were selected to design the regional playground and entire North bank of Riverfront.

The goal of the playground is to create a safe, dynamic, high quality nature-based play/learn environment for children of all abilities and their families. It will be incredibly unique in its capacity to provide both passive and active recreation with age-appropriate play areas for children to interact with water and landscape features depicting the ice age floods geologic story.

Additional amenities in the area will including surface parking and a maintenance and operation facility. Additional recreational amenities are being considered.

In addition to landscape architects and architects, the design team includes a geology professor with expertise in the ice age floods of our area, a skate park designer, a playground safety inspector with a focus on inclusive design, and engineers of multiple specialties including stormwater.

We are grateful to our partners for grant applications and project design: the City of Spokane Therapeutic Recreation Program, Access 4 All Spokane, Spokane County Accessible Communities Advisory Committee, the Ice Age Floods Institute and the YMCA.

We will seek public feedback on the preliminary design concepts in Fall 2018.

Construction

Playground (Phase I)

Fall 2019

Parking, Maintenance Building, Additional Amenities (Phase II)

Spring 2020

The budget for the design and construction of the North Bank is nearly $7.8M. Parks & Recreation recently received a $500,000 grant from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office to go towards the new playground. These grant funds will help take an already great project to the next level in providing a unique recreational experience for all ages and abilities unlike anything else in the region.


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